Flying- any suggestions on how to make the airport a more pleasant experience?

Robin - posted on 04/10/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi everyone. I have a 41/2 year old daughter with sensory processing disorder. We are flying ina few days for a family vacation. We have flown a few times before and there was a tantrum meltdown of epic proportions. I now understand why at least. An airport is difficult for an average person to handle. It must be a nightmare for someone who is overly sensitive to noise and lights. Anyway, I am going equipped with her headphones, portable DVD player and an MP3 player loaded with soothing, relaxing music, and her squishy toys. Does anyone out there have anymore suggestions or did something work particularly well for your SPD child when flying. Would appreciate any advice on how to make this the least assaultive experience for my child.

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Angie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I just read your post. I'm sure you've already gone on your trip. My son is 3 and has SPD. We start reading him books a few months before we fly and talk about it ALOT! Then we make sure that we get to the airport EARLY. This is the key, with my son. We can walk calmly onto the airplane. We also still take his car seat, as it seams to make him feel safe. Then I have DVD's, his blankee, suckers, and toys for him to play with on the plane. And I hold my breathe until the plane takes off, because once we're in the air, we can't be asked to get off the plane! Hope this helps...maybe for future flights. :) Angie

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